Acklins

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One of the least known Bahama islands, Acklins lies near the southeastern part of the chain of Bahamas islands. The terrain on Acklins is desolated and hilly, including unique formations of rock, and a variety of animal and plant life. The coastline is riddled with hidden coves, numerous beaches, and tiny quaint villages with interesting names. Acklins is also bordered by another island called Crooked Island, and they are joined by a shallow lagoon known as the Bight of Acklins. Besides these two, there are actually two other islands, virtually uninhabited Castle Island and Long Cay, forming an atoll. So for an out of the way vacation experience like no other, look into a visit to Acklins for your next island getaway.

Water Sports

The waters of Acklins are shallow and encompass over 1000 square miles. For those who are looking for some of the best bonefishing flats, Acklins has it. Exploring these flats could take up your whole vacation and more, so if you are an avid fisherman or woman, this is the spot for you. For those who are into diving, Acklins has a great barrier reef that starts near the Crooked Island Lighthouse and continues for over 25 miles. Diving and snorkeling on this reef paradise can show you a great variety of fish and plant life that you will see no where else but the Bahamas. Of course, there are some who prefer to just lay back and soak up the beaches and the sun while here on vacation. With a wide variety of beautiful beaches to visit, you are sure to find one that will suit you perfectly.

Island Diversity

The Acklins Island area was a favorite hiding place for pirates looking to plunder ships coming through the Crooked Island Passage. Nearing the 18th century’s end there were several dozen plantations here. They were started by Loyalists leaving the U.S. after the Revolutionary war. At their peak, it is estimated about 1200 slaves worked in the large cotton fields. These fields were later destroyed by blight, resulting in the remainder of inhabitants having to survive by means of fishing or farming. Then in the middle of the 1800’s work was to be had in the production of Campari liquor. Laborers were put to work stripping the bark of the cascarilla shrub which gives the liquor its flavor.

Activities

With its vast array of small villages and towns to visit, Acklins has a great culture that you are sure to enjoy while shopping at the local markets here. Along with the local villages and towns, you are sure to find some great local places to stop and grab a bite of native cuisine. If you are all shopped out, one of the most interesting landmarks is the Bird Rock Lighthouse, which is home to ospreys building their nests. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, or rent a car and drive around the island discovering all the tiny villages and what they have to offer!

The History Behind the Acklins and Crooked Islands

The History Behind the Acklins and Crooked Islands

Acklins and Crooked Island are two of four islands that form an atoll hugging the crystal clear shallow waters of the Bight of Acklins. Nearby, Castle Island and Long Cay are virtually uninhabited and all four of the islands are as natural as they were when the Bahamas were first “discovered”. What makes these islands so special is their natural state and sense of history.
The Crooked Island Passage, which today serves as an important route for steam ships traveling from Europe to Central and South America, was reputedly sailed by Columbus. Referred to locally as “the going through”, this seaway [...]